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Pair shell-shocked at massive egg

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The egg is four times the size of a standard egg

A Cornish chicken has surprised its owners by laying an egg the size of a tennis ball.

The 8oz (210g) egg is four times the size of a normal chicken's egg, boasting an 8in (20.3cm) circumference.

David Hewitt discovered the monster egg in the hen house at his farm at St Wenn. He said he has found large eggs before but never one as big as this.

The egg, which was laid a week ago, is to be drained and displayed at the Royal Cornwall Show.

Mr Hewitt's wife Julie said: "My husband came running in from the chicken house yelling 'look at the size of this'.

Julie Hewitt with the egg
The couple do not know which of their birds laid the egg

"I went and weighed it, it was 210g - it is huge."

She said the egg was perfect, with a point and a rounded end and no blemishes or soft spots.

"It's just a very perfect, round, large egg."

The couple, who have kept chickens for 25 years, do not know which of their 30,000 birds was responsible for laying the enormous egg, but said all the flock appeared to be well.


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